May 23, 2020


Austral Fisheries launches sustainability-focused start-up programme



Austral Fisheries is starting an "accelerator" programme to help start-ups centering on sustainability-focused innovation in the seafood sector, reported SeafoodSource.


The Seafood for Good programme—to be run in coordination with social innovation hub StartSomeGood — will take place over 12 weeks and will aim to guide four participants on the path to introducing business-to-consumer products that "find a solution to increase consumer knowledge and preference for sustainable seafood," according to a press release.


"These participants will be guided by leading experts in innovation, customer development, and sustainable seafood to create innovative solutions to help bridge the path towards a more sustainable future for the seafood industry," Austral Fisheries said.


The programme guides include Austral Fisheries CEO David Carter, StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins, Blue-X Founder Allen Haroutonian, and Ocean Impact Organisation Co-Founder Nick Chiarelli.


At the end of the programme, the two most commercially viable solutions will receive funding and support from Austral Fisheries to launch their products or solutions. Start-ups, non-profits, and existing companies with new products are all encouraged to apply, and applications are being accepted through 27 May at the Seafood for Good website.


Based in Perth, Australia, Austral Fisheries is the only seafood company in the world certified as carbon-neutral. The fishing company is committed to environmentally-conscious fishing practices and catching and sourcing sustainable seafood. It harvests and sells Marine Stewardship Council-certified Patagonian toothfish, mackerel icefish, banana prawns, and tiger prawns.